Public Art Category

Environmental

From earth art and eco-art to land art and healing projects, there are many forms that fit under this heading. Artists utilize natural materials and recycled junk or engage in infrastructure projects and system-based work.

April 20, 2015

“A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle”

Jennifer Wen Ma brought a small forest to Pittsburgh's Market Square

Pittsburgh, Penn. – Multimedia artist Jennifer Wen Ma invited people to contemplate the transition from winter to spring with her recent installation in Pittsburgh’s Market Square, A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle. During the cold spell in February, she brought a small forest of trees into the urban square, painted them black with Chinese ink, and … Read More

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April 15, 2015

Confluence Project Art To Establish Maintenance Fund

Part of a $1 million gift may be used to create a maintenance endowment

Cape Disappointment, Wash. – After being exposed to the elements for ten years, some of the art installations by Maya Lin at the Cape Disappointment, Washington, one site of the Confluence Project, need maintenance. The fish cleaning station has been worn down so much that the lettering of the Chinook creation story needs to be re-etched, and … Read More

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April 10, 2015

Summer Strandbeest Events Announced

Theo Jansen continues to develop this ongoing project

Theo Jansen’s self-propelling Strandbeest creatures, made out of plastic, wood, and cloth, can “walk on wind.” Using his knowledge of both engineering and art, Jansen has been developing the creatures to react to their environments. The Strandbeests have evolved over time so that some can now store wind power, sense water, or even anchor themselves to the ground … Read More

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March 23, 2015

Scottsdale’s Annual Canal Convergence Art Event

Interactive art came to the Arizona Canal for third year

Scottsdale, Ariz. – The third annual Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light event, including interactive art, hands-on activities, and live music, took place February 26 – March 1 this year. Located on the Scottsdale Waterfront, the event staged five large-scale art installments, two dance performances and an educational water conservation display. Artworks and installations … Read More

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March 16, 2015

Art That Moves

Highlights from the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium

Boynton Beach, Fla. – The second biennial International Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium took place February 6-8 this year. In addition to experiencing more than 60 indoor and 16 outdoor kinetic artworks, visitors could attend workshops and presentations, participate in a community project called Kinetic Connection, and meet international kinetic artists. Some of the symposium … Read More

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March 2, 2015

“Particle Falls”

Artists: Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga

Logan, Utah – Particle Falls, Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga’s environmental artwork, uses real-time visualization to expose air quality issues that are often ignored. It consists of a waterfall of blue light projected onto a building; the light turns fiery orange or red when there’s particulate pollution in the air. On view at Utah State … Read More

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February 27, 2015

Homestead Act

Artist Peter von Tiesenhausen copyrights his land

Alberta, Canada – To understand why Alberta artist Peter von Tiesenhausen copyrighted the land that he and his wife own, it helps to look with his eyes out the window of the studio he built himself on their remote 800 acres northwest of Grande Prairie. The copyright was a novel legal maneuver to prevent the … Read More

February 20, 2015

“Airway”

Artist: Vicki Scuri

El Paso, Texas – Completed in 2014, the large-scale Airway Aesthetic Improvement Project (Airway) by Vicki Scuri builds upon existing infrastructure to form a gateway to El Paso International Airport and downtown. Airway extends over 2,000 linear feet and consists of 50-foot, functional, illuminated wind turbines with customized radial armatures, low illuminated sculptures, arched planters for … Read More

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February 9, 2015

FIGMENT City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition Winners Announced

Two designs chosen for 2015

New York, N.Y. – For the 2015 cycle of the FIGMENT City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition, two winning designs have been announced instead of one. Both designs respond to environmental issues and take cues from organic forms. Billion Oyster Pavilion by New York-based BanG Studio is grounded in local history, tapping into discussions around … Read More

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February 2, 2015

Urban Foragers

Mobile food and shelter dresses by Nicole Dextras

SLIDE SHOW + VIDEO (2013) – Environmental artist Nicole Dextras works with natural elements to create sculptures and interactive installations, many of which are temporary and endure only in her exquisite photographs. Some of her most impactful work comes in the form of wearable art that provides one with everything needed to survive. These garments … Read More

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